Samsung managed to make a 15-inch ultrabook that weighs under 3 pounds

Today at CES 2016 Samsung announced two new laptops running Windows 10, and they are certainly stunners. In fact, Samsung may have very well created the lightest Ultrabooks yet that still run full Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, you won't find any Atom or Core M processors here.

The 15-inch Samsung Notebook 9 (notice they dropped 'ATIV') weighs a mind-blowing 2.84lbs (1.29kg) and uses an Intel 6th-generation Skylake-U Core i5 or Core i7 CPU with Intel HD520 graphics. There is no word on battery life delivered from the 39Wh battery, but Samsung says "all day" and highlight the rapid charge system that can give two hours of power in with just a 20-minute charge.

Samsung Notebook 9 15-inch

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Operating SystemWindows 10
PlatformIntel 6th Gen. Platform (SkyLake-U)
Display15", 350nit, FHD(1920x1080), PLS, 180°, LR
ProcessorIntel Core i5/i7
GraphicsIntel HD520
Storage128GB / 256GB SSD
System Memory4 / 8GB LPDDR3 (On board)
Wired LANGigabit
Wireless LAN802.11 ac 2x2 802.11 ac 2x2
BluetoothBluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.1
Sound2W x 2 speakers
Integrated Camera720p
MicInternal Dual Array Digital Mic
Keyboard1.5mm stroke, Backlit
I/O Ports2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB Type C (PD, DP support w/ 5Gbps)
AC Adapter40W
Dimensions346.5 x 236.8 x 14.5mm
Weight2.84lb (1.29kg)
Battery5,120mAh, 39Wh
DesignMaterial / Color Mg / Iron Silver, Modern Pink

No word on pricing, although you know it will be high. Availability for the new Ultrabook will be in early 2016 at select retailers and A similar Notebook 9 version with a 13-inch display will also be offered and that one is just 1.85 pounds.

Samsung has created a gorgeous contender here and in a world dominated by 4.5-pound 15-inch laptops, you have to give them credit for a 33% percent weight reduction. Hopefully, however, it wasn't all in the battery. Stay tuned for more coverage of these devices later today.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Luv the ATIV family. Glad they still continue that sexy slim line
  • Very glad they are getting rid of the dumb ATIV name though
  • as long as they'll keep making them slimmer and slimmer I don't really care about names
  • I'm always stoked to see new hardware for the platform but I wish Samsung would actually use their mountains of cash and plentiful resources to create UNIQUE, game changing products. They're almost always trying to make their own versions of what Apple's already done and reworking TIRED copied designs instead of doing their own thing. It's exhausting.
  • This is a very interesting laptop, got everything right for a portable working machine. I love it, although I would rather have a Surface Book... But very well done, lets hope the price is acceptable
  • What's the weight on the 15 inch LG Gram for comparison?
  • Believe its 1Kg/2.2lbs.
  • 256GB is the max storage capacity? That's unfortunate.
  • Samsung as a brand is unfortunate. Now my toaster... That thing has been making my breakfasts easier for more than a decade.
  • Idc how light it is. A feather is light... Should I use it as a computer? Samsung sucks. Rather lug around an EliteBook
  • The off-center Samsung logo annoys me. Am I the only one who thinks so?
  • Maybe yes.
  • That's called innovation.
  • Innovation stinks. Have you looked at Apple lately? I don't know why anyone wants innovation anymore.
  • why aren't HP and Samsung incorporating USB 3.1 charging in their new ultrabooks????
  • USB Type-C still isn't all that popular yet. I'd like to see it but we're not quite at mass adoption yet.
  • There's no reason not to. Obviously its going to become the standard so why not be ahead of the game. Dumb.
  • I wonder what ports we're left with since it is so darn thin lol. Edit: Doh, never mind. I think I'm going to go get some sleep now lol.
  • If I was getting a 15" laptop I'd want something with a little more power than a 15W U-series CPU. An extra 0.2 - 0.5 pounds are worth the extra speed.